Great dads sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve, so if you think your own father is deserving of a pick me up or compliment, have a look at my list below of ideas of what to say to brighten up his day. Dads (like everyone!) come in all shapes and sizes, so although some of my suggestions may be perfect for a copy and paste compliment, feel free to take what you like and edit to suit your needs and your dad! Whether your dad is a DIY genius, master chef, wise owl or the life and soul of every party, I’ve got all kinds of compliments for all kinds of dads.

Personality compliments for dad

Tip: Change the adjectives in any of these compliments, to personalize your compliment for your dad’s character.

Dad, you’re the funniest guy I know. Thanks for imbuing me with your wicked sense of humor.

Thanks for being so patient and chilled, dad. You’re a gem.

Dad, your upbeat personality has always lifted me up. Thanks for always having a smile on your face and words of encouragement for everyone.

A nice thing to say to your father about his personality.

Skill compliments for dad

For DIY dads:

If I one day manage to become as good at putting up shelves as you, I’ll know I’ve finally reached peak adulthood.

For dads proud of their culinary creations:

I’m lucky to have grown up with a Dad who can cook. Thanks for exposing us to so many “interesting” culinary creations over the years, I think we can all agree that there were a few disasters among the bunch but more than a few treats!

For gamers:

Thanks for introducing me to the wonderful world of video gaming. I’ll never forget how hard I tried to beat you all those years ago, but you were just too good! It was honestly one of my proudest moments the first time I managed to match your score, and that kind of perseverance has proved really useful ever since.

For dads with amazing advice:

Your advice has never failed me, dad. Even though I was sometimes unwilling to listen, in the end I always discovered that you were right all along. So thanks for the advice, and thanks, maybe even more, for not rubbing it in when I messed up!

A nice thing to say to dad on Father's Day.

Short compliments

  • You’re awesome.
  • Rockin’ the dad bod.
  • Cool beard.
  • I have so much respect for you!
  • Hey, Daddy cool.
  • I love that you’re my dad.
Rockin' the dad bod - example of a short compliment for fathers.

Funny compliments for your dad

Dad, you’re not the world’s best golfer, but if there were grades for effort you’d definitely be getting all A’s!

I’m so happy to have inherited your height, smile and sense of humor… the receding hairline and beer belly I could have done without!

Smart, funny, intelligent, worldly, a great dresser, chef, dancer, with impeccable taste in music. Dad, you must be so proud of raising a child like me.

A funny compliment for dad.

Sweet compliments

To show gratitude:

Hey Dad, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to have grown up with you as my dad. Your love and support have always been evident, and I am sure that I wouldn’t have achieved half the things I have without you there to back me every step of the way. Thank you.

For a great role model:

You taught me to tie my shoes, to share, to ride a bike, work out long division, drive, treat others with respect, be kind, patient and keep a thirst for knowledge. Thank you for everything you have and continue to teach me dad. You’re one of a kind and I couldn’t have asked for a better role model.

Thanks for setting the standard:

Dear Dad, thank you for setting the standard for men in my life. The way you have always treated us, your family, means that I know never to settle for anything less. You are kind, considerate, patient and loving. You are a true inspiration and I love you so much.

Complimentary quotes about dads

“The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They’re not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion — to care about people and about your children.”

Denzel Washington

“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”

Ruth Renkel

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.”

Pam Brown

“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.”

Clarence Budington Kelland

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.”

Steve Martin

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Charles Wadsworth
A quote to compliment your dad.

Did you find the right compliment for your dad?

If you found this guide helpful, then make sure to check out our compliments for mom while you’re here.

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